Primary care of transgender patients: A guide for providers
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Hemphill, E.; Hinsley, D.; Rausch, C.; Reaney, M. 2021. Primary care of transgender patients: A guide for providers -- In Proceedings: 17th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University
This project sought to create a centralized, cohesive resource for primary care providers to assist in the care of transgender patients. A literature review compiled information from 42 articles using multiple databases, including Cochrane, PubMed, and Google Scholar. It was discovered that primary care providers reported a lack of comfort and knowledge in caring for transgender patients. In addition to systemic healthcare barriers, such as insurance coverage difficulties, perceived discrimination by providers, and intrinsic bias of medical community, transgender patients also experience other barriers, such as financial burdens, lack of social and familial support, and stigma. To address this issue, the authors created a succinct, centralized document that primary care providers could easily access during clinical practice. This document is a compilation of definitions, screening guidelines, and patient education for clinicians to utilize when taking care of a transgender patient. The authors utilized guidelines set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to advise on screening guidelines, referral recommendations, minimizing risk factors, and establishing the standards of care. The goal of this project is to reduce barriers of provider discomfort and lack of education, thus improving access to quality healthcare for this vulnerable population. The authors' recommendation is to distribute this resource to primary care providers while future research could evaluate the clinical impact of this resource.
Presented to the 17th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held online, Wichita State University, April 2, 2021.
Research completed in the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions